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PFOA Water Contamination in North Bennington

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation tested a number of water sources near the former Chem Fab plant in North Bennington, and results show varying levels of a potentially harmful chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. The public water supplies in North Bennington and Bennington have been tested and are not affected, but five other residential and commercial wells had test results ranging from 40 to nearly 2,500 parts per trillion (ppt).

Additional residential wells within 1.5 miles of the Chem Fab building are being tested to ascertain the source and the extent of the contamination. The test to determine PFOA levels in water takes approximately two weeks for results to be known. Residents who have contaminated wells or are waiting for test results have been told not drink or use the water for preparing food, cooking or for brushing teeth. The State is providing bottled water to homes served by private wells within the testing radius.

Additional and updated information is available at a special Department of Health website. For further information on water quality and well testing, contact Chuck Schwer, Vermont DEC at 802-828-1138 or 802-249-5324 / chuck.schwer@vermont.gov, and for questions about potential health effects of PFOA call the Vermont Department of Health at 800-439-8550.